San Andrés Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala.
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Legends

The Legend of Xocomil

A legend of peace and Opportunity
It was a deep blue colored night and those who gazed up could see an infinite sky of stars, the
brightest ones hanging like majestic diamonds reflecting their light on the peaceful waters of
Lake Atitlán. This reflection provided a faint light, making a contrast with the darker color of the
majestic volcanoes and mountains that surrounded the Lake. It truly offered a magical
atmosphere to the twelve Mayan tribes settled around the Lake.
But to the Great Grandfathers, the Great Grandmothers, the Heart of the Sky and the Heart of
the Earth, who from unimaginable heights looked down, there were three immense hearts that
overshadowed all these lights and, to their eyes, were brighter even than the brightest of stars
of that night. These three hearts belonged to the three people who, in representation of the
Quiché, Kakchiquel and Tzutujil nations, had been chosen by the Gods to perform the feats that
would bring honor to Mayan culture as a whole. These feats promised to bring a peace longed
for by all Mayan nations, which during those times waged war against each other – a war
amongst brothers. For this reason, they were now closely watched by the Gods.

Legend Tzuj Yaah

daughter of Xocomil
Leyenda de Tzuj Yaah

After the Great Grandfathers, the Great Grandmothers, the Heart of the Sky and the Heart of
the Earth transformed them into the forces of nature that produced a whirling wind that the
Mayan people around Lake Atitlán called the Xocomil, Utzil, the howling wind, and Zacar, the
soft and warm breeze, enjoyed a great love and happiness. They could not even remember the
pain and hardships through which they had to go to come to that one moment of ecstasy when
they were above the laws of nature, and they had become nature herself.
They were so enthralled in each other that they no longer paid any attention to anyone or
anything besides themselves. They did not pay attention even to Toj, the Great Lizard, who was
turned into the water vapor that rose above the Lake. But Toj was pleased at seeing them so
happy and even more so at seeing the Mayan territory as one, free of the island Kulbat Abaj
that had before meant to him a symbol of division between the Mayans.